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Flavour of New Zealand

NZ popular culture 1960 onward

It happened then

Some key events in New Zealand since 1960.

Wellington takes on Venetian air when torrential rains flood the streets up to 2 ft deep. 1

The amazing Peter Snell smashes world mile record at Cook's Gardens Wanganui, hitting the tape at 3 minutes and 54.4 seconds. A week later he established two more new world marks, the 880 yards and the 800 metres at Christchurch. 1

27,000 ton Dominion Monarch leaves Wellington for last time after 23 years on UK-NZ run. Rangitiki and Rangitoto also made last voyage this year. 1

The govermnet department New Zealand Broadcasting Service (NZBS) became a corporation (NZBC), a move prompted by the advent of television. It provided more independence which was seen in the decision to start a proper radio and television news service - a move politicians had not always encouraged. 3

George Wilder escaped from New Plymouth jail and was at large for 65 days. 3

Dunedin's new airport at Momona was opened on the Taieri Plains. 3

The Australia-New Zealand-Fiji link in the COMPAC cable opened. The cable was to meet the increasing overseas phone calls, growing by about 25 per cent a year to a 1962 total of 32,000. 3

Sensational expulsion of Russian diplomats in Wellington for espionage activities; Vladislav Andreev and Nikolai Shytkov. 1

New road-rail ferry Aramoana (arrived on July 26) smacks into Picton wharf on first official crossing after being caught by heavy gust of wind; 30 ft of ship and wharf damaged. 1

Lord and lady Cobham leave New Zealand after five years at Government House. 1

Barrie Davenport swims Cook Strait. 1

1  Courtesy of The Dominion Post
3  from the forthcoming Day by Day in New Zealand History by Jim Sullivan